If Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel needs a reason to expand the state’s Medicaid program — other than the moral imperative of giving 1 million Floridians access to health care — the Obama administration provided one last week when it allowed Florida to enroll nearly all Medicaid patients in managed care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved a waiver allowing 3.3 million Medicaid beneficiaries, minus the developmentally disabled, into managed care, even thought a test program has had mixed results. State officials estimate that the waiver could save Florida $1 billion a year on its $8.8 billion Medicaid tab.
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